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Indian-origin experts on UK PM’s new race commission

London, July 16 | An Indian-origin professor of surgery and a media person are among the members of a new Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which will look at inequalities within UK society in areas such as health, education and criminal justice, 10 Downing Street in London said on Thursday.

Lord Ajay Kakkar, Professor of Surgery at University College London (UCL), Director of the Thrombosis Research Institute, chair of the Judicial Appointments Commission and chair of the King’s Fund, and Dr. Samir Shah, CEO of Juniper TV, former BBC journalist and former chair of race relations think tank Runnymede Trust will be part of the new commission first announced by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last month in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests.

They join a dozen representatives from the fields of science, education, broadcasting, economics, medicine, policing, and community organizing in their role as commissioners of the new entity.

The new independent commission will be chaired by Dr. Tony Sewell, Head of the charity Generating Genius, and will report to the UK Prime Minister.

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities will aim to report its findings on the priority areas of health, education, criminal justice, and employment by the end of this year, Downing Street said.

The government has said the new commission will be supported by the Race Disparity Unit, part of the UK Cabinet Office, which collects and analyses government data on the experiences of people from different ethnic backgrounds.

Its work will be “complemented” by the Windrush Working Group, formed last month to bring together community leaders and government departments to oversee the response to the Windrush immigration scandal which resulted in hundreds being wrongly told they were in Britain illegally.

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